Monday, August 31, 2009


Yesterday, we went to my friend Maggie's house for a birthday party. Aiden just loves Leah, we kid each other that they are our future daughter/son in law. We had a great time together. I can say that people here really are so friendly. It makes moving here so much easier. They have been such a blessing to us. ( I know I have said that a lot but I can't help it) I am grateful! It is just amazing that a year ago Maggie and I were talking on the phone about our adoptions, living across the US from each other and I end up 15 minutes from her now... I think it was a "God" thing... he knew I needed someone.

So today, my goal is to get myself organized - I should say my week goal is that. My sewing/craft room is still quite a mess. It is easy when it is the room in the basement to let it be like this. I am trying to get myself back in the business mode again. I am going to be starting another blog with all that on here soon. I am trying to design my own blog this time so it is taking me a little while. Please email me if you would like this link ( ) . I am going to be sharing some good recipes that I have been making and some clothing design. I think Taylor is into it as well. She picked out her colors already. Now I just have to sit down and put it together.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Zoo Today!

We had a great day at the zoo today. The St. Louis Zoo is one of the nicest zoo's I have been too - and its free at that. The kids loved it. It was sort of like Central Park in NYC but much nicer! So much to do, we will be going back for sure. Tomorrow is another day on the run. Church and then a birthday party!

Magic House St. Louis

I have been meaning to post these on here as well. A few weeks back we went to the Magic House in St. Louis. It is a children's museum. They totally loved it, we took 2 of my friend Maggies' kids with us. They had such a good time.

School Pictures

I was a little slow at getting these back to school pictures up on here... Aiden just loves school, he thinks he is a big kid everyday. Not too much is going on here. I am so excited my mom is coming out at the end of this month and then we are going home for a few days in October. My parents really miss the kids, my dad calls Aiden and they do this bear growl to each other on the phone. So now in school, Aiden goes around growling like a bear to the teachers and kids... I had to explain how that came about. He is really talking more too.. he came up to me the other day and gave me hug and he goes "A BIG hug mom"... I was like speechless because his speech has been somewhat slow but it is picking up all the time. He has advanced so far since last year it is so amazing.

Taylor and Aiden are funny together. For the longest time she kind of picked up on him (like sisters do), well now he is figuring out what makes her yell. Every morning when they are sitting together I hear some yelling and it is Aiden sticking his tongue out with food on it and showing Taylor. She gets so grossed out... kids, it doesn't matter what country you come from they are all the same.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Catching Up...

It has been awhile since I blogged so I thought I might start back at it. We have been busy with school starting here so early (August 12th). It has been an adjustment to say the least for Taylor with school but we are praying everything works out. I think she misses her friends and teachers from back home - she also says that school is way to easy for her right now. So, I have been praying about what should I do?? I think I may start supplementing her with homeschool and see how that goes. It is hard knowing what to do with your kids sometimes. You would think I would know what to do since I went to school for teaching - but it is so different when it is your kid.

Aiden started his "special" preschool also. He loves it. It is through the school district and he gets speech therapy and alot of one on one attention. He thinks he is big stuff now. Everyone says, "He is so delightful"... He is the first one out of bed in the morning and then he stands over Taylor telling her she needs to get up... or should I say yelling at her. It is so funny to hear this 20 pound kid yelling at his big sister to get moving.

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I just want to say, my blog is my way to express myself. Maybe sometimes I "express" myself to much and I apologize for offending anyone. I guess when I get hurt or let down I let it fester and that isn't always a good thing. I know my blog has helped other people who have gone through something similar and I know it has helped me. It is real, it is what happens in life. Yes well, keep pressing on right?

Well enough with all that... I am going to be trying to update more and also get back into my business stuff. I have also treaded back into the exercise routine bit again. We have been biking and walking everyday. Taylor loves it too! I sure miss everyone back East, hope you are doing well! Look out for my new blog I will be creating.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

I was able to get these pictures from my friend Angela with Lady Bugs N Love. These pictures are so priceless. They are pictures of Sun Fen with the package Taylor sent her and a cake we sent. We sent a few things for her foster family and friends as well. I hope they liked them. It was great to see how happy she seemed. I am so thankful for these pictures as many adoptive parents aren't able to get updates on their kids (or they get one or two pictures)

I am starting the paperwork all over again and it is quite daunting here in Illinois. They have an extra step that will delay my paperwork an extra month. But I have to look at the whole picture and know this is just part of the process. These pictures really help us see the big picture as to why we are doing what we are doing.